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Hello, there!

Thank you so much for joining me again today for the October edition of “OLD NEW BORROWED COOL!” I’m so happy to be back especially after just returning from an amazing Crop and Create event in Ottawa! What a fantastic time! It was the perfect start to what is probably my favorite month of the entire year. October’s weather is just divine. It’s still warm enough in the day to be comfortable but the evenings are cool enough to call for a sweater or a jacket. It’s also early enough that the rainy season hasn’t set in and the puffy cloud days just make me happy. And then there are the leaves and the beautiful color of all the trees as they start to turn. Oh, and Halloween! There’s that, too! Oh, Fall, how I love thee!

However as much as I adore all the beauty that is this season, if I’m really honest, the shorter days and longer nights as well as the falling leaves can leave me a bit nostalgic and melancholy. October is my own personal month of reflection. I say who needs New Year’s for that!?

Not too long ago it was my mom’s birthday and I never (read: EVER) know what to get the woman who has everything. But it came to me as I was walking down my hallway and I passed one of her favorite pictures I have ever taken of all three of my boys together. The original photo was taken six years ago and we both love it so much that it still is in a place of prominence in both our houses. How cool then, I thought, to recreate that photo for her so she could have something a bit more updated. Haaaa! I laugh at myself now because those of you with multiple children know just how hard it is to get a good photo of ONE child much less three (or more) at the same time! But I kept attempting and finally persevered!

When I saw my final shot, my heart just stopped. I couldn’t believe that these beautiful boys were mine and even more how much they had changed in a few short years. Gone were all traces of baby cheeks and in its place were handsome strong features.  How did that happen?! I’m still in awe but ever so grateful to have both photographs because I know in another few years, I’ll think the same things about this new one that I currently do about the old one. And it was then that I decided I needed to scrapbook these photos together. I didn’t want to focus on the older photo, but I still wanted it part of the page – more as a reference to how far they have grown and how I love having them together. And it was from these thoughts that this month’s page was born!

But before I go any further I want to recap once more the premise for this blog series. Every month I'll bring you a new post that incorporates something OLD from my stash, something NEW that I might have just picked up and something BORROWED from wherever I can get it to create something COOL to share with you! It's as simple as that.

This month's selections were:

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OLD: (in the back row from left to right) BasicGrey’s Paper Cottage + some Scenic Route (Oh, how I miss that company and their fun, gorgeous papers. I have had this batch in my stash for I can’t tell you how long and if feels so good to pull it out and put them to use!) I also threw in some older American Crafts Thickers (not sure if those will get used but they match divinely) and some My Mind’s Eye Stella Rose brads.

NEW: (in the front row) The gorgeous (seriously, I swooned when I saw it) new “Tell Your Story” collection from Teresa Collins. The aquas and orange-y peach had me at “hello!”

BORROWED: (Is it considered borrowing when you beg for some to take home and have no intention of giving them back?! No?! Drat!) Well, I’m still going to say I “borrowed” these adorable stick pins from the talented Stephanie Hart. I met Stephanie at the awesome Crop & Create event we had in Ottawa this past weekend! Stephanie made some of her Whimsies for everyone and they are the stinkin’ cutest things ever! I HAD to have that aqua camera for my own! You can see Stephanie’s goodies at her website www.mylittlebitofwhimsy.com.

COOL: This nostalgic layout documenting how incredibly fast time passes - especially once you have children.

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Supply List: Patterned Paper: BasicGrey, Teresa Collins and Scenic Route; Cardstock: Bazzill; Brads: My Mind’s Eye; Alpha stickers: BasicGrey; Pins: My Bit of Whimsy/Stephanie Hart; Pen: Pentel
Washi Tape: Pink Paislee ;Punch: Fiskars; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Electronic Diecut machine: Silhouette

I hope you enjoyed this addition of “Old New Borrowed Cool”!  And now it’s time for my little challenge. Get a little nostalgic yourself. Pull out some of those old pictures that are personal favorites that you have never scrapped and get them into your albums. I promise that you will enjoy the walk down memory lane and it will bring many smiles to your face and warm your heart as the air starts turning cooler!

Happy Creating!

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